Georges Bataille

Literature and Evil
  • Literature and Evil

  • 'Literature is not innocent,' stated Georges Bataille in this extraordinary 1957 collection of essays, arguing that only by acknowledging its complicity with the knowledge of evil can literature communicate fully and intensely. These literary profiles of eight authors and their work, including Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal and the writings of Sade, Kafka and Sartre, explore subjects such as violence, eroticism, childhood, myth and transgression, in a work of rich allusion and powerful argument.

GEORGES BATAILLE (1897-1962) wrote an extraordinary mixture of poetry, philosophy, fantasy and history. His influence on writers as various as Sartre, Foucault, Barthes and Lacan is incalculable. His major works (all published as Modern Classics)are the novels THE STORY OF THE EYE and BLUE OF NOON and the essay collection EROTICISM.